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Río Lagartos and Ek Balam Full-Day Tour

Spend the day exploring the jungle, meeting flamingos and discovering a Mayan village

12 hrs


1 ~ 12

Medium content


Come experience the amazing natural reserve of Río Lagartos and the archaeological site of Ek Balam. Río Lagartos is part of the Biosphere Special Reserve on the northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico. It's famous for housing the largest flamingo colony in Mexico, around 44,000 flamingos in total, and the extensive variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy a boat ride through the wetlands, where your guide will point out and identify various animals that can be found on the way to the flamingos.

Once you get to their gathering grounds, you will watch these magnificent birds run on top of the water as they fly off. After, you’ll swim and float on the salt pond, where you’ll notice how easy it is for you to float on the water due to its high density of salt, just like in the dead sea. After a dip in the salt pond, you’ll head to the Mayan Mud Bath. In Río Lagartos there is a particular kind of white mud with a high concentration of minerals that is nourishing for your skin, so feel free to take a dip or cover your whole body and face in it! Then you’ll ride the boat to a water spring or a close beach to wash the mud off.

After, you’ll have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. On our way to Ek­ Balam, you will travel through some old-fashioned Mayan Villages where you’ll see how the locals live. Ek Balam is one of the new jewels of Mayan archaeology, with recently-discovered, well­-preserved stucco sculptures that are over 1200 years old (which you’ll get to witness up-close by climbing the Acropolis, a nearly 100 ft. tall temple). Once considered a sacred city ruled by a living god, you can see and touch many of the temples and ruins in this wonderful ancient testament to the Mayans. A tour through the site will tell you all the history of the place and its buildings. Come experience the jungles, waters, mud baths and ancient Mayan sites with us!


  • Pick-up from your accommodation in Cancun (or anywhere in Riviera Maya) and transport to Rio Lagartos
  • Explore the largest flamingo colony in Mexico
  • Swim in the salt lake and float on the foam
  • Coat yourself in the local therapeutic minerals for a natural spa experience in the Mayan Mud Bath
  • Wash it all off at a natural spring
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant
  • Arrive at Ek Balam and ascend the ancient 100 ft tall temple, the Acropolis
  • Drop-off back at hotel 

Available days


Eligibility criteria

  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Must have basic swimming skills.
  • Ability to walk comfortably for periods of up to 1 hour.

What's Included

  • Private roundtrip transportation from your hotel anywhere in Riviera Maya (Cancun, Tulum, etc.) 
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Expert Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Climbing and canoeing gear

What's not included

  • Breakfast

Additional Pricing Information (*)

Larger groups may be accomodated, please contact for a price quote.


  • Wear light­colored clothing, comfortable walking sneakers, and sunglasses.
  • Bring sunblock, mosquito repellent, a camera, a bathing suit and towel.
  • Get a good night's sleep to prepare for your day of adventure!


Good for Groups Highly Active Outdoorsy Types


Gudelio and Team

I was born and raised in Monterrey, México. I've been in love with my country, its traditions, and its pre­hispanic cultures since I was a kid. When I first learned about the ancient cultures of Mexico, I was fascinated and sought out any archaeology, Maya, or Aztec book I could get my hands on. I also love nature so much that, in my youth, I would take long hikes in the mountains that surround my hometown, sometimes camping out for a whole week. There’s nothing I love more than a bonfire under a sky full of stars. Deciding to experience other cultures, I moved to California for 4 years and was immersed in the diversity of American culture. I loved getting to meet people from all over the world. It was an experience that widened my view of the world and showed me the differences in people’s histories and languages. I then traveled around the U.S., Cuba, Belize, Spain, and Honduras.

When I finally returned to Mexico, I moved to the Yucatan peninsula because I had always dreamed of its beaches and wanted to be closer to Mayan culture. Moving to Cancun was a dream come true. Its coast is beautiful, its jungle lush, and its Mayan heritage strong. After that, I fell in love with Playa del Carmen and decided to move here after a few years because of its small town atmosphere and the diversity of the people that pass through. I traveled around a lot of Mexico, but still have a lot to explore and learn. I've called the Yucatan Peninsula my home since 2008 and wouldn't trade it for anything.

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